3 JUNE 2013

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Article from BTNews 3 JUNE 2013

AND FINALLY: “Have you been to an airport gym?”

This was the question posed by your Editor to Tom Otley, Editor of Business Traveller, as they walked (the not very far by airport standards) between the gate and Border Control at JFK’s T4 at the Delta lounge opening (story in a future Business Travel News and see issue 20 May).

“No I don’t think so” responded the lean Tom, and a very regular air traveller.

“The answer is simple”, I responded. “One walks so much at airports that gyms are not required!"

Followed by the discussion.

“Which is the longest airport walk?”

Tom reckons Johannesburg OR Tambo International.  My reaction was that at nearly 6,000ft it feels the longest.

Traditionally the walk from the Underground to the Irish gates at Heathrow Terminal 1 (about a mile) was considered the furthest, but that will be replaced by T2 next year.  Atlanta T4 for international flights was bad as it needed a train, but the new T5 has opened up with access on the other side of the airport.  Dubai’s Concourse B also includes a train ride, as does Heathrow T5, with two elevator rides as well.  You need to keep fit at Amsterdam too.

Long walk suggestions are welcome and we will publish next week.  Miles or kilometres.  We are not fussy.

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